Bladed jigs are all the rage for both bass and redfish, and there’s a great reason why: They’re extremely productive. Nothing puts off more vibration than a bladed jig.
Of course, the original is the ChatterBait, a product that’s now produced by Z-Man, but other companies have come up with their own models, and each has its own bells and whistles that make it productive.
But that doesn’t mean each is necessarily as good as any other, and to find out what they’re strengths and weaknesses are, we headed to our neighborhood pool, loaded up with underwater GoPros and seven of the most popular bladed jigs.
If you’ve seen previous pool tests, you know we like to give scores to each of the baits we test, and we did that with the bladed jigs as well. We judged each on sound — obviously the most important factor. Bladed jigs give off a ton of vibration, which helps them get noticed by fish, so you need that sound to draw attention, particularly in dirty-water conditions.
We also ran them as slowly as we could in the pool to see if high speeds were necessary to get the blade to chatter. Being able to work a bladed jig slowly is crucial to its productivity.
We also scored each based on price. Some of the bladed jigs are insanely expensive, and we wanted to see if that necessarily meant they’d look better in the water.
To see the pool test for yourself, check out the video below.
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